David Toop shares his research and interviews with well known figures in improvisation, notably the post-1959 ‘school’ known as free improvisation. The material will inform a new book by David Toop called Hidden Music: improvisation and ideas of freedom.
David Toop Interviews Angharad Davies
"I wanted to interview Angharad Davies because her route into improvisation seemed unusual. As a classically trained violinist she was suddenly plunged into a very different way of playing. Because of that I feel she brings fresh ideas to the groups in which she plays – a concentration on process, for one thing, and a sensibility that is informed by new minimal tendencies in composition. She exemplifies the very productive conversation that has taken place over the past 15 years between improvisers and composers in search of a simplified, reduced and more reflexive language for music making." - David Toop
Recorded at Angharad Davies’s home, 20 January 2011.
Angharad Davies is a violinist based in London. She is an active performer in contemporary improvisation and experimental music both as a soloist and within ensembles. Violin studies with Charles-Andre Linale in Dusseldorf and Howard Davies in London have shaped and inspired her own teaching practice.
Since making London her base in 2002 she has developed a specific approach to the violin, extending the sound possibilities of the instrument by attaching and applying objects to the strings or by sounding unexpected parts of the violin’s body. She is dedicated to exploring and expanding sound production on the violin.